Protecting the soil, the source of our food, is as important as protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink
Well, I’m trying to put a positive spin to this latest prediction on our ability to feed ourselves. It’s difficult though when “shockingly the UK estimates that there are only 100 harvests left in its soil.” One hundred harvests is a sobering number.
The upside? I guess I can find some comfort in writer Balazs Horvath’s article that folks ‘in the know’ understand why our soils are in a sorry state, specifically human migration, climate change, intensive industrial agriculture; and offered recommendations advising EU wide legal steps to protect soil. Sadly, that was a decade ago, and no collective action has been taken since.
Well, perhaps not quite. Collective action is emerging – at the grass roots level. Some farmers and their communities are leading the way by investing in their soils… changing their focus from crop production to farming soil microbes and building organic matter in their soils.
Personally I’m seeing this reflected within our professional practice. More farmers are keen to learn about growing better soils, attending local field tours and conferences to learn about carbon capturing soil practices and incorporating soil microbe friendly amendments to protect their greatest asset… their soils.
Want to know more? Register for EnviroPerfect Solutions’ upcoming webinars this fall or visit us at the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance Conference November 15-17 2016.